spring sports

Boys golf teams from Summerville, Sonora, Bret Harte and Calaveras have started Mother Lode League competition, with Summerville taking an early lead in league standings. This photo shows Sonora varsity practice at Teleli Golf Club in February.


Before concerns about coronavirus and COVID-19 prompted postponements, cancellations, and stay-home orders that began in mid-March, spring sports seasons for high school student-athletes in Tuolumne County and Calaveras County were scheduled to end in late April and early May, with section and state postseason schedules ending in mid-May.

The announcement Tuesday that Tuolumne County schools are expected to remain closed the entire month of April, with students tentatively returning to classrooms May 4, means high school spring sports seasons will not happen or a shortened spring season of competition will be scheduled.

“We were going to try to have a meeting April 14,” Jerry Rucker, the Mother Lode League commissioner, said Tuesday afternoon in a phone interview. “I know some schools are now staying closed until early May. We’ll be trying to decide whether we have a season or a short season. No idea yet.”

Schedules put together and released earlier this year before coronavirus became a concern show that in Mother Lode League baseball and softball, the last competitive league games of the spring season were scheduled May 5.

In boys golf, the final Mother Lode League dates were league tourney on April 30 and divisionals on May 4.

In tennis, team playoffs were scheduled May 4 and May 7, followed by an individual tournament May 7 and May 8 in Stockton.

In track the end-of-season Mother Lode League meet was scheduled May 5 and May 7 at Calaveras High School.

In swimming, the Mother Lode League meet was scheduled April 24, section meet trails were scheduled May 7 and May 8, and section meet finals were scheduled May 9.


Contact Guy McCarthy at gmccarthy@uniondemocrat.com or 770-0405. Follow him on Twitter at @GuyMcCarthy.

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